from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish of the family Labridæ, Xyrichthys lineatus, of the West Indies, occasional on the southern coast of the United States.
- n. A related fish, Xyrichthys novacula, of the Mediterranean.
- n. A razorclam: so called from the shape of the shell, which resembles a razor.
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- n. any of several small wrasses with compressed sharp-edged heads of the West Indies and Mediterranean
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Of those that keep to one spot the pinnae are rooted to the ground; the razor-fish and the clam keep to the same locality, but are not so rooted; but still, if forcibly removed they die.
Other bivalves are closed on both sides alike, like the solen or razor-fish.
But as we have been speaking so much of sea-creatures, I think we will now leave the oysters, cockles, mussels, and razor-fish, and choose the familiar garden-snail as our specimen of the Mollusca, or Soft-bodied
At the fort pier we are kept waiting for ten minutes while a live duck submits to be weighed for fiscal purposes, and the delay gives an old man with razor-fish a chance to sell several pennyworths.
And away down there in the south, a long spur of land ran out at the horizon, and the sea immediately under was still and glassy, so that the neck of land seemed projected into the sky -- a sort of gigantic razor-fish suspended in the silvery clouds.
‘_Solen_: A genus of bivalve mollusks, having a long slender shell; razor-fish.’
He had gone to the ebb in our special behalf, and had spent a tide in laboriously filling the pail with these "treasures hid in the sand;" thoroughly aware, like the old exiled puritan, who eked out his meals in a time of scarcity with the oysters of New England, that even the razor-fish, under this head, is included in the promises.
The razor-fish had been brought us by the worthy catechist of the island.
I found the deposit thickly inhabited by spatangi, razor-fish, gapers, and large, well-conditioned cockles, which seemed to have no idea whatever that they were living amid the debris of a charnel house.
There is a peculiarity in the razor-fish of Rum that I have not marked in the razor-fish of our eastern coasts.